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Chili man accused of luring teenaged girls

Rochester, N.Y.- In 2009 - Michael Ringrose admitted he raped a girl younger than 15. Three and a half years later he's accused of lying about his name, age, and past in order to do it again.

"He's alleged to have had sexual contact with three victims ranging from the age of 13 to 16 years old," said Assistant District Attorney Andra Ackerman.

You can find Matthew Ringrose all over the internet. He claims to be the founder of Last Earth Hope and in one YouTube clip he claimed to have an ability to speak with aliens.

"It's not physical, it's a ghost like energy," he said of the beings.

Police now say he also used social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat to meet teenage girls and lure them into sexual encounters.

"In this case, there was no threats, no force involved," said Ackerman. "Each of these girls really believed that he was their boyfriend."

On his Facebook page Ringrose shortened his name to Matthew Rose. He did not list his age, 30, but instead police say he led the girls he met to believe he was 23. The investigation covers three alleged victims and spans two counties. Charges are pending in Ontario County where it's alleged he lured a girl into his car.

Police are on the look-out for more potential victims.

After the 2009 incident, Ringrose was listed on New York's sex offender registry. But if you search the website you won't find his name. As a level one, or low-risk offender, his information is not made public.

He is now being held without bail and facing 17 charges including rape, engaging in a criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.

"I think all children are susceptible and at risk and parents really need to be vigilant at monitoring all of the social media sites that their children are on," said Ackerman.

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